Srinagar: Former chief justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk has been announced as the caretaker prime minister of the country on Monday.
The announcement was made by Pak Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah at a press conference in Islamabad following a meeting between himself and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was also present at the press conference, Dawn reported.
“No one’s name was discarded,” Shah explained. “We have chosen his name on the basis of merit. We took our parties into confidence and decided upon this name.”
“We are happy that the government was able to complete its five-year term,” Shah said, adding that the NA speaker had played a major role in both parties reaching an agreement.
“We have made a democratic decision. I am thankful to the PM, to the speaker, for making this decision with patience, setting aside our sentiments. The name of the person I would like to present is a very respectable one,” the veteran PPP leader said.
“The name is Nasirul Mulk, who has remained a chief justice. He has played a historic role… in the judiciary and when he was a lawyer.”
“I am hopeful that God will give him the passion and courage to successfully conduct free, fair and impartial elections in Pakistan on July 25, 2018.”
“All the names under consideration were credible,” PM Abbasi said. “Every name was discussed, and this name was decided upon. It’s a name no one can point fingers at,” he added.
Today’s announcement comes after weeks of deadlock between the PML-N and the opposition over the name of the caretaker PM. Despite a number of meetings over a period of six weeks, there appeared to be a lack of consensus between both parties, with many believing the issue would be sent to a parliamentary committee for deliberation.
Justice Nasirul Mulk was born on August 17, 1950 in Mingora, Swat. He completed his degree of Bar-at-Law from Inner Temple London and was called to the Bar in 1977.
His father, Kamran Khan, was a businessman known for his philanthropic work in Swat. The dapper Mulk is fond of playing golf and is often seen taking constitutionals in the Margalla hills.
The now-retired Mulk practised as an Advocate in all fields of Law for more than 17 years until his elevation as a judge of the Peshawar High Court. He remained PHC chief justice for some time before his elevation as a judge of the Pak Supreme Court.
When he took oath as the 22nd chief justice of Pakistan in 2014, members of the legal fraternity said the appointment would bring honour, dignity and quiet grace.